HeadCount, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that stages voter registration drives at concerts, announced that it is throwing a pair of invitation-only music events at the Presidential nominating conventions.
Billboard and GRAMMYs on the HIll® are the lead sponsors of the events.
In Cleveland on July 18th at the House of Blues, Nashville-TN based Moon Taxi will perform at the “HeadCount Convention Jam,” on the first scheduled day of the Republican National Convention.
One week later when the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, the HeadCount Convention Jam will feature Los Angeles-based Dawes and Vermont’s Grace Potter performing late-night sets at the Electric Factory. Mutlu, a former Governor of the Philadelphia chapter of The Recording Academy (organizer of The GRAMMYs).
Hosts for the Philadelphia event include Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. – representing the home states of the featured performers – as well as Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. and Peter Welch D-Vt. are also hosts.
For the Convention Jam in Cleveland, Reps Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. and Mike McCaul, R-Texas will serve as an Congressional Hosts.
The events are not open to the public, but HeadCount’s volunteers from around the U.S. will all be invited to attend. They have already registered over 30,000 voters this year at more than 700 concerts.
“The Convention Jams are meant to celebrate how music promotes voting and civic participation,” said HeadCount co-chairman Marc Brownstein of the Philadelphia-based rock band the Disco Biscuits. “I’m very excited to host Grace and Dawes in my home town, and show Convention attendees on both sides of the aisle that we really know how to throw a party."
HeadCount unleashes the power of musicians and fans to make a difference. Since 2004 we have registered over 300,000 voters, and motivated millions to be informed, vocal citizens. We turn the power of musicians, the passion of fans and the hard work of volunteers into organized efforts to drive participation. Visit HeadCount.org to get voter information, register to vote online, or volunteer.